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The CFPB issued a consent order against an income share agreement (ISA) provider, Better Future Forward (BFF), in which it concluded that BFF’s ISAs are extensions of credit under the Consumer Financial Protection Act and Truth in Lending Act and are “private education loans” under TILA. … Continue Reading

On December 21, 2020, the CFPB issued its third consent order involving violations of Subpart B of Regulation E, 12 C.F.R. §§ 1005.30 to 1005.36, the Remittance Transfer Rule (“Remittance Rule”) in the last four months and fourth order since August 2019. This most recent consent order was issued against Envios de Valores La Nacional Corp.… Continue Reading

The CFPB has issued a “Statement of Policy on Applications for Early Termination of Consent Orders.”  The statement is applicable as of today.

The policy statement outlines the application process for an entity seeking the early termination of an administrative consent order and the standards that the Bureau will use when evaluating such applications. … Continue Reading

Last week, the CFPB announced that that it had entered into a consent order with an Illinois-based debt collection company. According to the settlement, the company’s business consists primarily of purchasing and then collecting on defaulted debt from banks and retail credit card companies. As part of the consent order, the company was ordered to pay approximately $36,800 in restitution to consumers and another $200,000 as a civil monetary penalty to the Bureau.… Continue Reading

Just two days after the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a historic settlement of privacy and security claims against Equifax, the FTC today announced that Facebook has agreed to pay $5 billion in civil fines, arising from its violation of a 2012 consent order with the FTC.  According to the FTC, this is the largest fine ever levied by a U.S.… Continue Reading

The CFPB recently announced that it has entered into a consent order with Fay Servicing, LLC (“Fay”) to settle alleged mortgage servicing violations.  A copy of the consent order can be found here.  As is typical for CFPB enforcement activity in the mortgage servicing space, the focus of this consent order is alleged misconduct in connection with loss mitigation procedures and foreclosure protections.… Continue Reading

Earlier this year, in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee and in remarks to the Consumer Bankers Association, Director Cordray attempted to defend the CFPB’s “regulation by enforcement” approach that relies on enforcement in place of rulemaking.  That approach has been widely criticized by industry and we have shared our own criticism in prior blog posts.… Continue Reading

The CFPB announced it has entered into a consent order with Student Aid Institute, Inc., a student debt relief company, and its chief executive officer.  The order settles charges that the company and CEO violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Act prohibition of unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices, and Regulation P (which implements the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) by conduct that included falsely representing an affiliation with the U.S.… Continue Reading

In his prepared remarks to the Consumer Bankers Association yesterday, Director Cordray attempted to defend the CFPB’s “regulation by enforcement” approach that has been widely criticized by industry.

Director Cordray’s remarks included the surprising acknowledgment that despite indications by his colleagues to the contrary, the reach of CFPB consent orders is not limited to the parties involved. … Continue Reading